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NE has but to glance at the great 
number of artists in and around 
New York to have forced upon 
him the conviction that among 
many it must take a very 

food man to make his way in 
> No doubt there are a good 
many young artists there who find it almost if 
not quite as hard to dispose of their wares as do 
the literary element, but working on the basis 
that true merit will find its own reward in the 
long run is a tenet that keeps them at their draw- 
ing boards waiting for an opportunity to show 
what they can do. 

Book-plate artists, or more properly speaking, 
those who have designed a few plates, are many 
in New York, perhaps more so than in any other 
section of our country, and the work of Mr. Ja- 
cobson will I think be somewhat new to a great 



nwmbcf of oat collectors, who will no douht he 
much surprised and pleased by the cleverness of 
the designs shown herewith* Mr* Jacobson be- 
longs to the host of magazine designers and illus- 
trators, and yet differs from many of them in 
that his work is distinctive, pleasing and original 

Just what it is in his drawings that appeals 
to one so strongly is perhaps hard to determine, 
but it seems to me that it is their daintiness, and 
withal their quiet strength* There is in some 
of the plates too a certain humor, never descend- 
ing to the grotesque, that is one of the principle 
charms of his work, but most of them are dainty 
and pretty designs, and it is probable that the 
latter style will characterize most of his produc- 
tions* 

The Charles E. Lydecker shows a plate of de- 
lightful humor, with its black cat, tome candle* 
It is a plate that grows upon one the more you 
look at it, the cat with its unblinking eyes hav- 
ing a strong attraction* Another design also 
in the humorous vein is that of Emily Clark 
Poor, colonial in style, and it has a black cat rub- 
bing contentedly against the man's legs* Frank 
Aikens Jacobson seems to pose as a lover of the 
horse, and likewise of books, with which he has 
filled the back part of his equipage, perhaps this 
latter fact accounts for the cherubic smile on his 



face* George "Winf ield Fairchild is evidently a 
lover of nature and reads along undisturbed by 
the wind blowing his skirts about* The plate 
for Kirke La Shelle lid, son of the famous libret- 
tist, is a very successful design showing the ow- 
ner perched in a voluminous and comfortable 
armchair, engaged with one of his tomes, proba- 
bly a fairy tale* The Jessie E. Struthers would 
possibly be called Colonial, with a charming bit 
of landscape in the background, a very pretty 
plate of the conventional type* The Thomas 
plate is a pretty design of someone^s front door 
with an old fashioned knocker and little girl* 
Thomas Towar Bates if we may believe the de- 
sign of his plate is obeying the behest of his mid- 
dle cognomen ''towar*'* Three plates in quite 
a new style are those f or W P T showing a ram- 
pant lion, the sign chosen as the mark of my 
press, the one for J E S, a rose, and that for F A J, 
a goose on wing* These nicely colored by hand 
make a very brilliant showing* The design for 
Alan Franklin Gilham seems to be rather on the 
picaresque order, and is very attractive* Kate 
Everett Jacobson's is Colonial in style, a very 
dainty, pretty plate* It suffers perhaps from be- 
ing in half tone, but was probably reproduced by 
this method as giving a softer, smoother effect 
than the line plate, the photogravure would con- 



vey the spirit of the drawing m«ch better^ One 
of the most successful of Jacobson's plates is that 
for Jay Vivian Chambers* A daintier, more ap- 
propriate plate for a child could scarce be con- 
ceived* The little fellow is riding his hobby 
horse, and perusing his book with diligence, and 
as a fact, I believe he has a strong predilection 
for books with nice pictures, preferably in color* 
Very few book-plates of these times carry the 
owner's name and address for the reason pos- 
sibly, as the late Gleeson White advanced, that 
although it is a very good custom and would 
give the borrower of a book all possible details 
as to where to return the volume, it would at 
the sametime let loose upon one the hordes of 
book-plate collectors all over the world and he 
would be continually besieged by requests for 
his plate* However this may be it does not 
seem to have counted for much with Mr* Jacob- 
son who in his own plate has boldly added his 
address* 





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